This evening the first edition of The Graham Norton Show will be produced at TV Centre, following its deparuture from the ITV London Studios.
BBC TV Centre before the major refurbishment
“We’re looking forward to welcoming So Television and The Graham Norton Show to Television Centre and we shall be making the move as seamless and effortless as possible. We believe we offer the perfect location, combining the ‘home’ of British Television with a wealth of amenities available to all.” – Meryl McLaren, Commercial Manager, BBC Studioworks
BBC Studioworks’ 10,800 sq. ft Studio TC1 will become home to The Graham Norton Show from this evening (5th April), the show will be broadcast on BBC One tomorrow night as usual.
The series has up until this month always been located at ITV’s South Bank studios – formerly the London Weekend Television Centre – despite airin on the Beeb. However the ITV facility is being closed and demolished by the network to make way for a residental tower block, ITV HQ office space and smaller studios for ITV Daytime productions. Norton has a long association with the former LWT building his Channel 4 chat show, So Graham Norton, was also produced at the site.
The South Bank location was built for LWT and opened in 1972. Programmes produced at the centre over the years range from lavish dramas, big budget entertainment series and game shows. Hits include Cilla Black shows Surprise Surprise and Blind Date, drama Upstairs, Downstairs, sitcom On The Buses, comedy sketch series’ with Stanley Baxter, game shows including Bruce Forsyth’s Play Your Cards Right and entertainment shows such as The Dame Edna Experience and Barrymore with Michael Barrymore all came from the landmark site next to the river Thames. More recent productions include Saturday Night Takeaway, This Morning and Loose Women.
The ITV Studios tower in London, built by LWT in the late 60s. The studios and iconic tower are to be demolished.
The recently reopened former BBC Television Centre, is now taking on many of the programmes bidding farewell to the London Studios. The Graham Norton Show will record 12 weekly episodes at Television Centre between April-June, as part of its 23rd series.
Renowned as an ‘audience-inclusive’ production, and one of the hottest recording tickets in town, the primetime show will benefit from TC1’s configurable seating rostra for its 600 audience members. With an eight-camera configuration including a jib and audio supplied via a Studer Vista X, So Television Ltd will also make use of BBC Studioworks’ cutting-edge technologies, flexible facilities and tailored ancillary areas.
The recording window also ties in perfectly with the opening of the wider Television Centre site. BBC Studioworks’ facility is part of a mixed-use development and includes a range of independent bars, restaurants, a gym, a spa, a cinema and a private members club from Soho House all on the doorstep, ensuring a vibrant community for production companies, talent and audience members alike.
BBC Studioworks’ is adept at handling large audience-based shows across multiple genres. Credits include Hot Sauce TV’s ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ for ITV, BBC Studios’ Strictly Come Dancing for BBC One, Hat Trick’s ‘Room 101’ for BBC One, Sky’s ‘The Russell Howard Hour’ for Sky One, CPL Production’s ‘A League of Their Own’ for Sky One and Talkback’s ‘Celebrity Juice’ for ITV2. – BBC Studioworks
The Graham Norton Show is broadcast on BBC One on Fridays at 10.35pm. Guests for the first episode include John Krasinski and Kylie Minogue, who will be performing her new single.